Aug. 13, 2012
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will lead a trade mission of city and business leaders this week to Mexico as part of an ongoing effort to foster relations with Arizona’s largest trading partner.
Stanton and Rothschild, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos and representatives from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and various Arizona chambers of commerce will travel to Hermosillo and Mexico City.
“The relationship we rebuild and foster with our biggest customer (Mexico) is directly related to Arizona’s future economy,” Stanton said. “It’s time to put the divisive politics of the last few years aside and focus on jobs, tourism and the economy. This contingent of business leaders and elected officials will work together to determine opportunities of how we can benefit on both sides of the border.”
The group will travel to Hermosillo, Phoenix’s sister city, first to meet with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padrés Elías, Hermosillo Mayor Javier Gándara Magaña and Mayor-elect Alejandro López Caballero. The delegation also will meet with business representatives and tour a local manufacturing facility.
“Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner with the state exporting $5.7 billion in merchandise to Mexico last year,” said Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos. “Mexico is also our number one tourism market. It is critical that our city has excellent working and business relationships with cities and companies in Mexico, particularly Hermosillo, which has been a Phoenix Sister City for more than 36 years."
Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski also will join the delegation.
“This visit continues our aggressive bridge-building efforts with Mexico,” said Nowakowski. “While Mexico is already our top trade partner, there are many more business opportunities that we need to tap into to continue growing our economy and creating much needed jobs.”
On the second half of the trip, the delegation will travel to Mexico City to meet with representatives from the Mexico Secretary of Tourism Office, U.S. Commercial Service and business organizations, representatives from Aeromexico, U.S. Ambassador and embassy officials, Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Chamber of Commerce representatives.
"Helping Tucson and Arizona businesses with export issues is important to our economy,” Rothschild said. “My goal is to help create conditions that favor economic growth in our region.”